This page will help you quickly and easily set up a cron job to run once per week on Monday (every 7 days).
The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at a weekly frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 * * 1
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Once per week on Monday.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a task that is scheduled to run at a specified time or interval. Cron jobs are commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
A crontab is a file that contains a list of commands to be executed by the cron daemon. The commands in the crontab are executed at the specified times.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “once per week on Monday“:
- Field 1: (0) indicates that the task will be run at minute 0.
- Field 2: (0) indicates that the task will be run at hour 0 (12 am).
- Field 3: (*) indicates that the task will be run every day of the month.
- Field 4: (*) indicates that the task will be run every month.
- Field 5: (1) indicates that the task will be run every Monday.
FUN FACT: Cron jobs can be used to automate just about any task that needs to be performed regularly – so get creative and see what you can come up with!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run once per week on Monday for several reasons, including:
- Sending a weekly report
- Backing up data
- Cleaning up temporary files
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- once per week on Friday
- once per week on Monday
- once per week on Saturday
- once per week on Tuesday
- once per week on Sunday
- once per day on Wednesday to Friday
- once per day on Sunday to Wednesday
FUN FACT: Cron is typically used for things like system maintenance tasks, running backups etc..
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If you are looking for cron jobs that run at certain minutes, hours, days, weekdays, or months, or if you are looking for miscellaneous cron jobs, then check out our relevant sections, or visit our crontab cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.